Magic doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Staples Center is an iconic LA landmark. From The Lakers basketball games to The Kings hockey games, to the largest sold out concerts around, Staples is one of the most happening auditoriums in Southern California. Back in July, Tears For Fears and Hall and Oates were to have 2 tour dates at the legendary venue. Unfortunately, the concert was postponed till September 14th and 15th. Although in most occasions, this could be a quite a bummer, it just made the postponed dates that much more exciting. The crowd was ready for the new shows.

Tears for Fears by Taylor Wong

Tears For Fears opened up the show and the crowd went wild singing along to all the hits. The Auditorium went dark and over the speakers came Lorde’s cover of “Everybody Wants To Rule the World”. All of a sudden you could see their silhouettes emerging from backstage, which was interesting when their pregnant backup singer came forth. If you couldn’t guess from their entrance what their opening song would be, it was, in fact “Everybody Wants To Rule the World”. Their set blew me away with songs such as “Secret World”, “Mad World”, and “Head Over Heels” making the set list so incredible, iconic, and world class.

Tears for Fears by Taylor Wong

When Tears For Fears neared the end of their set, they played a song that was familiar to the crowd. However, it wasn’t one of their songs, it was a song by non-other than Radiohead. The song was “Creep” and it was perfect coming from Tears For Fears. The song meshed so well with their particular style it almost sounded as if they wrote it. As Tears For Fears ended their breath taking set. they were called out for an encore, a rare occasion for an opening band, but then again, it is Tears For Fears. The song was none other than “Shout”, a fitting performance considering it was played to an entire auditorium shouting their name. I can still hear the crowd singing along.

There was a 30-minute intermission where the crowd had time to go get their stadium hot dogs, or maybe that was just me.

Hall and Oates by Taylor Wong

Hall and Oates took the stage after some videos of them playing cover songs played on the big screens throughout said intermission. They took the stage and opened up with a cover by Mike Oldfield, the song was “Family Man”. Following their intro they played one of their own hits and one of my favorites “Man Eater”. Their set contained mostly hits, but then again Hall and Oates don’t have too many songs that aren’t hits. The crowd was like a constant wave throughout the show, standing up and sitting down after almost every song. Hall and Oates hit the crowd with another cover five songs in. Their popular version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” by The Righteous Brothers rocked the entire auditorium. Their set ended with “I Can’t Go For That” which is my all-time favorite Hall and Oates song. Of course, the crowd didn’t let them end their set on that note. They were called out for an encore. However, this encore was a whopping 4 songs that included “Rich Girl”, “Kiss On My List”, “Private Eye”, and of course “You Make My Dreams”. As soon as the show was over the auditorium exited straight to the merch lines.

Hall and Oates by Taylor Wong

Daryl Hall and John Oates have had such an incredible career over decades, and seeing them play classics, covers, play with a tremendous energy to one of the largest and most iconic venues in the world, was a once in a lifetime experience. They can cycle through decades of music with such energy and enjoyment and keep it fresh and personal even to an audience in the tens of thousands. If you ever get the opportunity to see Hall and Oates, their solo material or book/promotional tours, make sure to jump on it. It’s rare you get to see such legendary performers still on the top of their game, and in this era, they’ve never been better and never been more enjoyable live. The band has such a rich history and vibrant style that you’ve got to get in on the act. The band truly are living legends.

Check our interview with John Oates and don’t miss their last performances of their world tour!

Photos and words by Taylor Wong

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